Criticism of Arsene Wenger has been coming thick and fast this season, with the Arsenal boss under more pressure since their fifth round FA Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn Rovers. However, Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has sympathy with his Arsenal counterpart. 

The Bavarian side travel to face the misfiring Gunners at the Emirates tonight, in the first leg of the Champions League last-16, and Heynckes believes that the financial power of some Premier League sides means Arsenal are on an unfair playing field.

Speaking to SkySports, Heyncke's said: "You have to take into consideration that Arsenal are competing with teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.

"The way I see it, over the years they have been selling their best players, whereas the other teams get in these world stars. If you have to compete with that I don't think it's fair to blame Arsene."

Even though Arsenal are enduring a tough time this season, and the Champions League is now their only realistic chance of winning a trophy, Heyncke is not underestimating the task that lies ahead of his in-form side.

Bayern are looking to go one better than they did when they reached last season’s final, but Heyncke recognises the danger that Arsenal pose.

Heynckes finished by saying: "Arsenal has a lot of tradition and history. They play attractive football. If you take away the game against Blackburn they have been very positive.

"They're fifth in the league. They will be a very difficult opponent for us."

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